November Reset

November 1st is a perfect day to start a much needed reset. In one month, or less(!), our little family will be growing by one human. And I do not feel ready. I feel rushed for time. I feel anxious. I feel like I have a to-do list that just isn’t getting done. And… I know why.

My phone.

I got a new iPhone 7 plus a few weeks ago when my old phone died and it’s HUGE and has a fun glitter case and I love it. I love it so much I spend way way way too much time touching it. I check blogs. Then check them again. I check Instagram. And then I check it again. And I check my e-mail that never gets anything important. I check my work e-mail even though I’m on disability. When I run out of things to check, I just start scrolling through all my photos and videos looking at old photos of Declan or even as far back as Dillon and my engagement photos. Suddenly many minutes of my day have been sucked away into nothing.  Precious minutes I should have spent doing something more meaningful or beneficial.

I need a major break from my phone.

I still need it to communicate. And since it’s my camera and video recorder, I still want to have it close by to capture whatever new or cute thing Declan is doing. But I need a major reset this month. The first obvious step for my reset is to delete Instagram off my phone for the next month. It’s the biggest reason why I check my phone so much. I will miss seeing fun photos and stories of my family and friends’ lives and babies, but I need to spend November preparing myself and my family for our new baby.

It is too challenging, with both hands holding a phone, to get much else done.

I have thought about just limiting my time on Instagram, to say, 10 minutes at night… but I know myself. That wouldn’t work.

It’s gotta be a cold turkey break from Instagram for this November Reset.

 

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Day In The Life: 10-19-17

Before starting my own blog, I loved reading posts that featured a typical Day In the Life of the writer. There’s magic to be found in regular, everyday moments. I believe Day In the Life started with Ali Edwards as a way to scrapbook and I love the idea. With another baby on the way, I know these last few weeks with just Declan are pretty precious. I also know my memory is probably going to get even worse once the new baby comes and I don’t want to forget these incredible, ordinary days.

The day I tackled the project was a Thursday.

5:30 AM – Wake Up – I start to hear Declan make nosies on the baby monitor, aka Baby TV, and slowly turn on some lights. Before going to get him out of bed, I premake him a bottle of formula and make myself a piece of butter toast and scarf down a tangelo. I’m currently 8 months pregnant so I need a quick bite of energy before I get him out of his crib. By this time in the morning, Dillon has already left for work so it’s just Declan and me. And Mattie, our miniature Aussie. 

6:00 AM – Bottle – We sit together on the couch and Declan drinks his morning bottle while I eat my morning toast and scroll though Instagram on my phone.

6:30 AM –  For as long as he shows interest, Declan plays in the living room. I go back and forth with playing with him and reading blogs on my phone. For whatever reason, Declan does awesome at independent morning play when Daddy is on watch, but I have a harder time getting him to play by himself in the morning. Probably, I’m the fun parent. 😉

6:50 AM – Independent play time is over and we migrate to the master bedroom where Declan will find new toys to play with while I make the bed, get dressed, quickly do my hair, and tidy up the bedroom if needed.  This is also when the sun begins to  shine through the windows, so Declan helps Mommy turn off all the lights.

7:20 AMBreakfast Time –  I quickly cook Declan some breakfast while he plays in his highchair with a spatula or some other kitchen tool. Breakfasts usually consists of fruit and an egg. Today was half a banana, some blueberries, some raspberries, and a scrambled egg. His new favorite food is raspberries so I add in a couple extra. I finish off his banana and make myself a quick bowl of cereal once he is eating. I ask Alexa, our amazon music player, to play some Christian music. We eat our breakfast while listening to a little bit of worship.

7:50 AM – No picture for this block of time, but we clean up from breakfast and go to Declan’s room to play some more and get Declan dressed for our morning walk. It’s been chilly out in the mornings, so we gets bundled up.

8:10 AM – Morning Walk  With a fully stocked stroller (phone, baby toys, dog poop bags, mail keys,  dog leash, garage door opener, pepper spray) we head out of the house for our much needed morning outdoor time. Depending on how I’m feeling, we will go anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Mommy and Baby have matching grey beanies!  Mattie, our miniature Aussie, is in the corner of the photo. She knows when we are about to go on our walk because I put shoes on and I only put shoes on when we are going someplace. 

8:30 AM – 1st Naptime of the Day-  After our walk, Declan will get a diaper change, possibly an outfit change if weather permits, swaddled up, and drink a small bottle. I will rock him or bounce him until he falls asleep. The first nap is the easy one and he’s usually out within two minutes or less.

During Declan’s first nap, I vary what I do each day. I make it a priority to eat a second breakfast. A bowl of cereal is not a great breakfast, so I use this time to make something more substantial and nutritious for myself. I turn on Netflix and enjoy my second breakfast while Declan sleeps. I also try to make sure the dishes are done, the house is tidy, and may do a few small chores around the house. Right before it’s time to wake the baby up, I give the house a quick vacuum. I try to give myself some grace during this time to rest if I need to and not worry too much about being overly productive. Just eat, wash dishes, and vacuum. Anything else is a bonus!

9:40 AMWake up the baby. Declan only sleeps for one hour for his first nap to ensure that he will take a second nap. If I let him sleep too far past 9:30, he won’t be tired enough for a second nap until 2:30 or later and that is creeping up too closely on his 5:30 -6:00 bedtime. We hang out in his bedroom and read a few books to help him slowly wake up. Flip books right now are his favorite.

10:20 AM – Declan plays in his room while I clean up his room, build up block towers to be knocked over, daydream, or read blogs on my phone. He will get a second 6 oz bottle around this time.

11:00 AM – Outdoor playtime! Now that the weather isn’t so hot, we head to the backyard for some much needed fresh air and sunshine. Declan gets super excited, as does Mattie, when I open the sliding back door. He gets a big smile on his face and picks his speed up as he heads outside for his new adventures. We play a lot of fetch during this time. I love Mattie most during outdoor playtime because she helps me redirect the baby if he’s heading in the wrong direction. I love to tell her, “Come on, Mattie! Help me parent!”  The older he gets, the more they play together. Declan will throw the toys for Mattie or place the ball directly in her mouth. I’ve also noticed his crawling, standing, and walking skills seem to grow the most while he is outside exploring. He is fully walking now, but before when he was learning how to stand, he was the boldest with his attempts when we were outside playing.  He is also bold with eating dirt and rocks, so I do a lot of baby chasing during this time of the day.

11:50 AM – Lunch time! I cook Declan some lunch, this day it was ground beef, yellow squash, and zucchini. If he finishes lunch and seems hungry still, I will add in some more fruit, some puffs, or some baby food. He is mostly feeding himself but occasionally I will need to give him some baby food when lunch is light.  I need some energy boost at this time of the day so I have Alexa play some Billy Currington or Dierks Bentley music. I also don’t eat a real lunch right now, I just grab something quick like a second bowl of cereal or cheese stick and fruit.

12:00 PM – After lunch, Declan goes to play some more and explore the house. We dance together, play chase, play independently, play with Mattie, read a book, go swinging in the front yard, go on a playdate, or explore the rooms of the house. Whatever seems to keep his interest and get his energy out. This is also when we may do an out of the house trip, but most days we stay at home.

12:30 PM – Second Naptime of the Day – This nap is more of a struggle. If he only slept one hour in the morning, he will be ready three hours later for his second nap. But if I let him sleep longer than one hour, he won’t be tired enough for a second nap. He has his naptime routine of diaper change, swaddle, small bottle, and then I rock or bounce him until he falls asleep. This nap usually takes about 10 minutes to get him asleep, but sometimes it feels a lot longer…

12:40 PM – I use this time to make myself a real lunch. Most likely leftovers from dinner which is fine by mine! Less cooking! I don’t understand the hate of leftovers — I just love them.

2:00 PM – Declan starts to wake up. We read another flip book, he is obsessed, and play some more. Most days we will go on a second outside walk, in Declan’s cool new toy that I push him in, while we wait for Daddy to come home.

3:10 PM – Yay, Daddy’s home! One of my favorite parts of the day is when we hear Daddy’s diesel truck driving down the street. Mattie hears it first and alerts to the rest of us he is on the block.

3:30 PM – Declan gets another bottle after daddy comes home and they take some time to relax and watch Declan’s favorite movie, Moana. I adore watching TV while resting on Dillon, too.

The rest of the night was a little off from our typical day. This was a Thursday and we went camping from Friday through Sunday so we had a lot of camping prep and trailer packing to do. I don’t have any pictures of the rest of the night, but I’ll write down what a regular day looks like.

Declan plays with mommy and daddy until dinner time, about 5:10. He eats his dinner before we eat ours while I typically clean the kitchen and Dillon works on making dinner for us. We eat dinner once Declan has gone to bed and it is a fabulous part of the night. One day we will eat dinner back at the table as a family, but right now it is really great to get some alone time eating dinner with just Dillon.

Around 5:30 Declan takes a bath with either mommy or daddy and then gets in his pajamas, drinks a final small bottle, hears a little story and then off to bed by 6:00 PM.

This is typically when Dillon and I high five each other, get our dinner finalized, and settle down to eat while watching one of our shows, currently catching up on This Is Us or Amazing Race. Long gone are the nights of staying up late, so we limit our TV to one episode and then prep for the next day. I clean up the kitchen from dinner, make a PB&J for Dillon’s lunch tomorrow, and we head to bed around 8:00 PM.

These days are simple but so full of sweet moments. I adore the little rhythm our little family has made.

 

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The Summer of Pancakes, Moana, and Naps

The Mowdy family had a slow, sweet summer of 2017. Slow and sweet like maple syrup being poured onto pancakes. 2017 is the summer where Dillon and I both got to stay home. It’s the summer we sleep trained our 9 month old. It’s the summer we memorized the song lyrics to Moana. It’s the summer we started to figure out a balance to being parents, being married, and being ourselves again.

Pancakes

My husband is the main chef in the family. We used to tag-team it really well in the kitchen. He handled the protein and I handled the sides. Then I got pregnant with Declan and couldn’t handle any smells, so Dillon stepped up and took on more tasks in the kitchen. After having Declan, I was usually stuck to the couch breastfeeding, so Dillon continued in his role as the family’s main chef. I had started to migrate my way back into the kitchen more when I got pregnant with Baby #2 but the first trimester nausea and strong sense of smell had me stepping right back out of the kitchen.

One day I know I will be more active again in the kitchen. I still am in there a lot (#dishes…) and make most of my meals, but Dillon has spoiled me this summer with pancake breakfasts. Some bacon, some potatoes and bell peppers, fried eggs, a side of fresh fruit, and a big stack of gluten-free pancakes with butter and maple syrup.

I’m now really hungry and wanting breakfast food.

Moana

We first saw Moana as a family during a vacation to the beach. A beach college town near the coast of California still has a wonderful drive-in movie theater. Declan was about 3 months old, so our family outings were limited but we knew we could handle a drive-in movie with a baby who still mostly slept all day. We stopped and got a gluten-free pizza on the way from a popular pizza place in town that thankfully does large gluten-free pizzas. Most places just do individual size for gluten-free.

The movie night was not as magical as I would have thought. Declan spit up badly for the first time and the whole truck smelled like baby vomit. The pizza had gotten a little cold by the time I was done changing Delcan, breastfeeding Declan, and trying to bounce him in the front seat to go to sleep. I was nervous the other cars were wondering who brought that fussy baby, but Dillon assured me they wouldn’t be able to hear him. Pretty soon after having mommy bounce him and pat his back Declan fell into a deep sleep right on my chest. He normally napped on me, but without the drama first. I remember feeling like a mom because I got my crying baby to fall asleep.

The movie Moana playing in the background during the baby spit-up and the baby crying and the diaper changing was so calming. Probably all the blue on the screen during most scenes.

I ended up falling asleep before the movie ended. Moana and Maui were headed to the island when I feel asleep and when I woke up the credits were rolling. Dillon knows to not wake a sleeping mommy. It was some of the best sleep I got the first few months after Declan was born. Belly full of pizza, pretty songs playing in the background, and my baby in a hard earned deep sleep on my chest.

About two months ago Netflix added Moana! I was thrilled and finally got to finish the movie. Declan is also strangely mesmerized by Moana. He ignores other TV shows or movies when the TV is on, but as soon as we play Moana, this happens…

During rough mornings where Declan wakes up at 4 AM or when one of us needs an easier time watching the baby, Moana goes on in the background and the whole room (Declan) gets calm. Thanks, Disney! It’s his favorite movie. I didn’t really want my baby to have a favorite movie, but sometimes parents need some help.

Naps

This summer is the one where Daddy and Mommy took back our nights! We were so naive about baby sleeping schedules, but after a lot of internet research and helpful baby sleep websites, we got Declan on a really great sleep schedule around 9 months old and now he sleeps from around 6 Pm to 5 AM, give or take 30 minutes either way. He also takes one two hour nap around 8 AM and a second hour long nap around 1 PM. Some days the naps vary and go longer or shorter and some days the second nap is boycotted. But overall, most days and nights are now predictable. No more keeping the baby up until 9 PM because he just doesn’t seem tired. Some nights Dillon and I have to just laugh at how lost we were in parenthood by allowing Declan to dictate his bedtime. We now know all the signs of an overtired baby. Ours gets super super super playful.

Our summer revolved around Delcan’s nap times and bedtime routine. Occasionally Declan’s naps were used as times to get quieter chores done. Mostly Declan’s nap times were used for mommy and daddy to relax. To spend time together. To take naps together. To enjoy each other again before this next baby comes and we will be faced with many new challenges, sleep deprivation being one of them.

When I was pregnant with Declan, I remember getting really annoyed that people would say things like say goodbye to sleep! But man, it is so true. Unless the parents hit the jackpot with a sleeping baby (which I’ve met a few) babies mean less sleep. Especially the first few months when babies are eating throughout the night.

Our summer naps were exactly what Dillon and I needed to prepare for this upcoming baby.

I have a feeling that pancakes, Moana, and naps will always take me back to the slow, sweet summer of 2017.

 

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Orange Room Progress – Goodbye Stuff

Two weeks ago I decided to finally tackle my craft room after hearing at church how God won’t give responsibility to irresponsible people.

Super irresponsible to have a mess this big.

After working on it for two weeks I can finally start to see the original vision I had for this space.

One major part of getting the room organized was getting rid of stuff. Again. I have gotten rid of stuff so many times. Dillon has helped me take so many full trash bags to Goodwill. I’ve watched Clean House for inspiration. I’ve read and tried the KonMari method twice. I tried to join Elsa in letting it go. I’ve told myself, I’ve got God so I don’t need this junk anymore. I’ve given away an insane amount of quality books, dvds, TV on dvds, CDs, clothes, shoes, etc. So cleaning this room frustrated me so much because I didn’t know how I was still drowning in stuff

Being a teacher makes it harder to just trash things because maybe I could use that in the classroom. Maybe I could give that away as a prize. Maybe…maybe…maybe I’ll use it someday… 

That thought kept me holding on to a lot. Which is a heavy burden.

But this time, I have hope, will be the final time for major purging of stuff. 

Here are a few of the things I said goodbye to…

Leftover Fabric Scraps

I have toted bags full of fabric scraps around for years. I always thought to myself, I can make a ton of cute blankets and give them away to the pregnancy center downtown. One summer a few years back I did just that – I made a lot of blankets and donated them. The pregnancy center has a great program and I wanted to support the work they do. But that was when I had a lot of free time — I was a teacher on summer break. 

I just don’t have the time or energy in this season. And I don’t want to be tripping over that bag any longer.

Ribbon

I had to say goodbye to ribbon. For the second time…there used to be more…

Oh, my goodness. Why does anybody have this much ribbon? I bought it when I made and sold chocolate and it was used to decorate the chocolate boxes.  I way overbought ribbon because it’s so cute. Ugh. And I’ve held onto it because maybe I’ll use it for something. Thankfully, a friend who teaches the sixth grade took the ribbon off my hands. I know sixth graders can put it to good use. Or even if it’s not put to good use, at least it is out of my space and getting used! What is the point of a ton of unused crafting supplies?

Storage Containers

Previously all full.

When something is tucked away in a storage container, I forget about it. Storage containers are bulky and ugly but are sometimes helpful so I am keeping two of them. One is for Christmas stuff. I previously used two for Christmas but I am downsizing. Anything that doesn’t fit gets a sleigh ride to Goodwill. And I’m keeping a second storage container for all the clothes Declan is super quickly growing out of.

Christmas Wrapping Paper

Also my second time getting rid of Christmas paper. I know there are super savvy ways to store wrapping paper, but I don’t want to see it anymore. It takes up a lot of space and only gets used once a year. Plus, I was stashing enough Christmas wrapping paper to last until Declan moves out of the house! And that thought does not bring me joy. 

Random Items

So many random items. Here are some water bottle holders I made when I was in high school. Ten years ago. Never used. I also gave these to the sixth teacher to use as prizes. Why did I never use them as prizes in my own classroom? They were lost in a storage container. (And I’m still on maternity leave!)

Bulk Unused Fabric

A few years ago, my older sister and I went to JoAnns Fabrics on Black Friday. It was so so so fun. People were grabbing fabric and yelling, “I’ll take the whole bolt!” or “I’ll take 10 yards!” And the fabric was so cheap! I got in on the action big time. The fun memories will stay, but the fabric I never should have purchased will go.

Looking at these pictures makes me realize how silly it was to hold on to things for so long. I got way more happiness from not having them than I got while having them.

I am so happy with the progress I have made so far. The room is walkable! The floor is visible! I can breathe. I feel peace and excitement instead of frustration. I have learned my lesson and will no longer buy extra fabric just incase. I will no longer overbuy stuff because it is cute or on sale. I will carefully watch what stuff enters my house. Including gifts. Christmas comes with gifts and gifts are more stuff.  Some stuff will be kept, and some stuff will be enjoyed for a while and then donated to be enjoyed by others.

And…..now I get to move onto decorating my room and making it a workable space. Good thing I just finished reading Chip and Joanna’s Magnolia Story! Although I’m not sure they’d think my orange walls are the way to go…

 

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What This Mrs. Misses About Teaching

I am on my sixth week of maternity leave. I do not have the itch to return to work. I thank God each morning that I’m able to stay home with my baby boy. That being said, my heart does miss a few things about teaching. And I’m going to write about them because my head is still dizzy with all things baby and my mind is aching to play with words.

What This Mrs. Misses About Teaching

1.  Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic

I’ve said it before, but scholastic book orders are basically why I became a teacher. I get way more excited when The Book Box arrives than when a student “gets it”. The lightbulb moment is usually gradual and often happens when I’m distracted from actually teaching the lesson to the whole class.

The Book Box allows me to slow down and take in the scent of brand new, shiny, silky books. And the look of excitement my students get over BOOKS makes me so happy. When I carry the Book Box from the office to my classroom, I hope to run into some of my students just to give them a big open mouth smile of excitement because The Book Box came!!

2. Donors Choose

The first two years I taught, like most new teachers, I spent a good chunk of my paycheck on stuff for my classroom. Decorations for the walls, prizes for my student store, stickers for days and days, fun colored white board markers, food snacks for parties, books for my class library, and the list goes on and on. I put a big halt to buying stuff for my classroom once I noticed my savings account didn’t have any… savings.

But I still wanted my kids to have a nice classroom and get to experience new things, so I wrote out requests for items with Donors Choose,  a website that allows teachers to request certain items, write up a proposal, and then donors get to choose which projects they want to fund. With Donors Choose, I’ve been able to get LEGOs for center time, a huge cozy rug for reading time, a bunch of jump ropes and soccer gear to make PE more legit. It’s such a great program that really helps teachers bring in new supplies to the classroom without spending so much of their own money.

3. Playing Soccer With Students

Soccer

I’ve never been athletic. So my skill level at soccer is about the same as my 2nd grade students, excluding the ones who are in some type of soccer league outside of school. Those students are way better than me.

My students love it when I play soccer with them and so do I. When I put on a green or blue jersey that team gets super excited. It’s a bonding time where we can play together and build up that teacher-student relationship.

Playing soccer with my students is where a lot of the magic happens.

At times it’s incredibly tough to take on the role of coach because I have zero life experience to draw from so all the coaching knowledge I have comes from sports movies. But it’s magical all the same. At the end of a long day, it’s so refreshing to go outside and have fun. If I were in charge of the education system, there would be so much more PLAY time. For the KIDS. Go figure.

4. Chapter Book Read Alouds

Chapter book

Ok, this is where the other real magic happens. I once was told by a student’s older sister, “My brother hated reading before he came into your class. We were always trying to get him to read at home but he never would. After being in your class, he loves chapter books.”

That was so rewarding to hear because it’s not easy to read chapter books aloud each day to a room full of wiggly kids.

But I’m a firm believer that if someone doesn’t “like reading” he/she just hasn’t found the right book yet. One of my goals as a teacher is to get my students to fall in love with reading.  Old Yeller, the kids from Wayside School, and Winn-Dixie are just a few of the characters that help me accomplish that goal.

5. Math Challenge Problems

In second grade, students are supposed to be able to add problems such as 345 + 459. Once my students understand the basics around that, I love giving them challenge problems. I change my voice to sound like a guy from a boxing match, “ARE YOU READY FOR A CHALLENGE???” And I slowly write 347913074 + 392412798 on the board, sometimes pausing before adding yet another digit!  Their jaws drop as I write the problem on the board, but as soon as I encourage them, “You know how to add. You can do this. Add it up!” they get going — and when they get it right, man does my classroom get LOUD. They want more, they soon will demand more, and I will increase the rigor as high as they will allow.

It’s one of my tricks so when they see a problem like 562 +432, they have this new confidence. And 6+7, no sweat!

 

Yes. Teaching has its awesome moments for sure. And while I do miss some parts about being in the classroom, this mama is exactly where she wants and needs to be. It was just  fun to remember some of my pre-baby daily occurrences.

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Salt, Truth, and Sundays – August 1

Stay Salty

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”  – Matthew 5:13

Jesus said as Christians, we are the salt of the earth. But that salt can also lose its flavor and become useless. Yikes, I don’t want to be flavorless salt or a Christian who has no impact. So last week, to maintain my Christian saltyness, I watched sermons on my TV using the Youtube app while I ate my morning smoothie and toast.

I have fallen in love with this church in North Carolina, Elevation Church, and each Monday morning I eagerly check Youtube to see if yesterday’s Sunday sermon has been uploaded yet. The pastor at Elevation Church makes the word so easy for me to understand and apply. He also pushes me to have a kind of faith that requires action.

youtubetv

You can even watch Pastor Steven preach on Netflix! It is called #DeathToSelfie.

My home church is wonderful, but seeking other sermons throughout the week feeds me nutrients, while also allowing for me to have some easy down time watching TV on the couch.

Read the Truth

I am in the middle of a big promise from God. I am in the gap or the waiting room as I have heard it referred to. I have a battle I am fighting, one I cannot win alone. I have tried and failed. At times this particular battle seems impossible to ever win. Do you have an impossible battle, too? Take it to God. He specializes in the impossible. Just like a story of Jehoshaphat. The very short version of this particular story was that Jehoshaphat’s army was up against three different armies. There was no way they could be victorious  with these battles on their own. They needed to call upon God and have faith in his promises. I need to remember to have faith to wait on God’s promises.

“This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them…But you will not even need to fight. Take your position; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you.” – 2 Chronicles 20: 15-17 

What I Loved About Sunday

Our baby stroller came in the mail! (Amazon Prime delivers on Sundays.) Our Aunt Jessie spent Friday with me doing a lot of baby talk and baby shop. She wanted to get us a big ticket item for the baby, so she bought us our baby stroller. I decided on a jogger stroller that also has a newborn carseat attachment. This is the first functional baby item we have gotten. I know they won’t let you leave the hospital without one, so it feels great to check something off of Baby Must-Haves List. Sure, the jellyfish is super cute, but won’t help too much when the baby is here.

jellyfish

We decided on blue, but we still do not know if Baby Mowdy is a boy or a girl. Blue works well for either.

stollerbox

Dillon had to help the postal woman take the box out of the truck because it was so heavy. Something about my husband carrying a giant box full of baby gear just made this pregnant mama’s heart soar. We didn’t find time yesterday to put it together, but I can’t wait to start turning our home into a baby ready home.

 

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Swimming, Sewing, and Sardines

Swimming

We don’t have a pool in our backyard. Something about pools being a lot of work… But there is a pool at my childhood house and I have been trying to visit it as often as possible this summer. Bakersfield is a hot, hot city in the summer. The weather stays in the 100s for weeks on end. Family trips to the pool are this pregnant lady’s favorite summer hobby.

swim

Dillon&MattieSwim

Sewing

Sewing is another way I am spending my summer. I have made two quilts as gifts and three baby blankets that may go to Baby Mowdy or be gifted later on. I want to tackle some other easy baby sewing projects this summer.

sewing

AnimalBabyBlanket

About three years ago I thought I wanted to start an Etsy shop selling baby blankets, so I bought a ton of minky fabric when it was on sale. It’s finally getting put to good use!

3 Baby Blankets

Super easy to put these blankets together. I used this youtube tutorial. 

 Sardines

I need to eat more fish. After doing some research, it seems that the right fish can make for a healthier pregnant mama and baby. But I’ve never been a fan of fish. I did really well at eating sardines in the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, but I have faded away from it recently. And I know I need to up my intake of fish and those healthy, baby brain building omega-3s in this 3rd trimester. I chose to focus on skin-on, bone-in sardines because they are already cooked and ready to go. They really aren’t that bad, but they have such a gag stigma placed around them. Maybe I’ll have to be a little less lazy and just start cooking some salmon.

Or maybe I’ll establish a reward system. Eat some fish, go for a swim. Better yet, I’ll start my no-picky-eaters-allowed parenting skills on myself…

“Fish is what’s for dinner. If you don’t like it, you can wait until breakfast.” 

 

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